CNN’s Evan Perez said on Wednesday that newly released search warrants related to former Trump “fixer” Michael Cohen reveal that the FBI was suspicious about his ties to a Russian oligarch.
Specifically, Perez said that the FBI found that Cohen used the same shell companies that he used to pay off President Donald Trump’s former mistresses to also do business with “a company that is tied to a Russian oligarch” named Viktor Vekselberg.
It’s this connection, Perez said, that gave real urgency to the search warrant.
“That’s what gets the FBI and the special counsel particularly interested in Michael Cohen,” he said. “There’s a lot of suspicion as to what was happening to this money… you could see why the FBI was suspicious and why they wanted to learn more.”
Perez then marveled at how badly Michael Cohen “screwed up” by using the same shell company to pay off adult film star Stormy Daniels as he did to do business dealings with a Russian-linked company.
“These shell companies are cheap!” he said. “You can go online and set one up in Delaware, and what you usually do is set up one for each purpose and that way you don’t attract the attention of the FBI!”
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Trump leveled by retired general for making Iran war decisions based on advice from Fox News hosts
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Speaking with host John Berman, retired Lt. General Mark Hertling warned that the shootdown was a dangerous provocation.
"It's huge, John," Hertling explained. "You can go all the way from backing down completely to a full-scale war -- that's what's dangerous about this situation."
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During a CNN voter panel, host Alisyn Camerota quoted from official statistics showing a significant increase in hate crimes committed since Trump's upset victory in 2016.
Trump supporter Darrell Wimbley, however, wasn't buying it and he cited his own personal experiences to prove his point.
"You can say that, but I truly don't believe it because I don't see it," he said. "I can statistically say anything but I don't see it."
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Appearing on CNN's "New Day" on Thursday morning, former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe unleashed hell on President Donald Trump for launching yet another unprovoked attack on him, saying the president says lots of "stupid things."
On Wednesday evening, the president smeared McCabe, with Trump calling him "terrible" and saying he couldn't do anything -- including go to the bathroom -- without former FBI Director James Comey's permission.
Given a chance to respond by CNN's John Berman, McCabe didn't hold back.
"You know, I've been listening to the president say insanely stupid things for years now about me personally, about my organization, and about the investigation, we undertook to find out if the president posed a threat to national security," McCabe began. "I won't get down in the weeds with the president and exchange insults on Twitter or TV or anywhere else, but the question we should be asking is: why do we have a president who feels necessary to attack individuals? Individuals -- private citizens, individuals who serve in our government -- to attack personally when he's scared of the truth that they have to offer."